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19 Sep 2021
January to June 2021
- Thanks to a tip from a friend, I've started indexing hundreds of mental asylum patients' records that she noticed in an archival series that virtually no family historians would use. Many of these records state the medical reason for admission, and many are for people who were only in the asylum for a few months. The first 60 names were added to my Insanity and Unsound Mind pages at 4pm today. This collection of records will probably take many months to index, but I'll post progress reports here.
- If you subscribed to my free genealogy newsletter, the latest edition (16th Sep 2021) should be in your Inbox. If not, check Spam/Junk/Trash - or, in Gmail, other tabs such as Promotions. If you're no longer interested, please click the 'unsubscribe' link at the bottom of the email.
- Added more names to the 'Illegitimate Index', which is compiled from 18 series of records where I've found the name of the biological father of an illegitimate child. The index has names from all over Australia, plus a few women from overseas. Before you check the names, read (very carefully) the explanation at the top of the page, and (near the end of the page) 'Other Suggestions' and 'Research/Copying Service'. In late 2020 I made huge changes to the copying service, which now has cheaper options.
- My Web site includes names of over 1,800 patients for whom I can supply copies of Goodna Asylum case books (with medical and biographical information). You may previously have been told that they were unavailable even via Right to Information. You must search the names (that link opens a new window), and then follow the 'Checking, Research and Copying Services' instructions.
- Added more names to the Interim Index. This 'miscellaneous' index, which includes men, women and children, is compiled from a wide variety of interesting and unusual records.
- Queensland Colonial Secretary's Office in-letters, 1860s / 1870s, re Benevolent Asylum patients and others: I've reduced the fees for source references and for copies of original documents.
- People Arrested and Victims of Crime at Charters Towers: I've reduced the fee for copies of original documents. Note that the index (with names and source references) is available in PDF format.
- South-West Queensland: Miscellaneous Sources Index: I've reduced the fee for consulting my index and sending you a brief description of the record series (date range and likely contents), the name of the repository (in case you want to do the work yourself), and a no-obligation quote for a digital copy of the original record.
- See the example and advice on Don't Waste Money on Irrelevant Documents!
- Recent unfortunate events have forced me to make changes to 'Copying, Research and Other Genealogy Services'.
- I wrote this with steam coming out of my ears, so please read it and avoid these mistakes: 'Tips on Sending an Email to Multiple People'.
- I suggest that you check Genealogy Discounts and Freebies frequently (preferably between Friday and Monday), because some offers are only listed for a day or two.
- On this site, note the 'Other suggestions' section that's near the end of most pages with names. See also my site search tips.
- Last month I made significant changes to 40 of my Favourite Genealogy Indexes / Sources (I removed some suggestions and links, and added new ones).
- My Web site now has names from two admission registers for Roma Hospital. Some places of residence, as shown in the registers, were hundreds of kilometres away. Many patients were children. Birthplace statistics are also interesting. About 31% of patients were born overseas and 18% were born in a State other than Queensland.
- (This is one of the most significant changes that I've ever made.) Today I added new, cheaper options (starting at $5) for obtaining information from my Insanity and Unsound Mind index.
- The new options mentioned above are available for a trial period. If they prove popular (and don't make my life a misery as I wind down towards retirement), I may introduce something similar for other indexes.
- In an attempt to make things easier for my customers, I've changed the Web page about my genealogy mini-guides.
Even without Covid-19, recent months have seen considerable upheaval in my life - but I've made a few additions and updates to my Website:
- Added more names to Photos and Sketches of People. The images (found in various archival record series) are accompanied by biographical or historical details. Birth places of those people include the UK, Ireland, western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Italy, South Africa, Czechoslovakia etc.
- Added more names to the Missing Friends page. The original records have superb details for family history.
- Some of my indexes are now available as e-books (PDF format; $3 each):
- Index to Eventide (Sandgate, Qld) Registers of Deaths 1954-1959
- Index to Persons Arrested and Victims of Crime, Qld: Charters Towers pre-1900
- Index to Persons Arrested and Victims of Crime, Qld: Cloncurry pre-1900
- Added more names of Neglected Children. The list includes children from Queensland and other States.
- If you want to receive my free email newsletter, please check that you successfully subscribed (since 30 Jan 2019) to the new version. My old mailing list had to be deleted because of changes to privacy laws.
- I've completed my 'in progress' indexes for mental asylum patients, and I've also indexed several additional sources. One source that I'd previously overlooked has (for about 1,000 people) details of the circumstances leading up to admission to a mental asylum (information that is often difficult to find). All of my existing 'insanity' indexes, plus 10,000 new entries, have been combined to create one huge index. The list is on my Web site as Insanity and Unsound Mind. Please read my explanatory notes very carefully. You may also be interested in the reasons for this change.
- If you use Facebook and want to see my posts about family history, you now need to Like/Follow my Judy Webster Genealogy page (not my personal profile).
- Muttaburra Hospital admission registers: added patients' names from late 1928 and early 1929 (which are not in the index that I published in book form).
- Files about repayment of fares: added several names. Many applicants were travelling from one Australian State to another, but some were going to or from New Zealand, Canada, Britain, India etc. If you're researching someone who 'disappeared', these files may provide the clue you need.
- Prison records: more names added, and 2 links added to 'Other Suggestions' near the end of the page.
- More names added from my index to headstones on graves in Eulo cemetery.
- There has been a huge amount of interest in my latest article, 'Use FreeBMD postems to find new relatives'. It describes a simple strategy that has worked for me, so if any of your relatives were born, married or died in England or Wales from 1837 onwards, it may work for you too.
- My 'Queensland Genealogy' blog now has a section (in the sidebar) called 'Categories' (BDMs, Hidden treasures, Indexes, People (names), Places, Sources, Tips, Warnings, Websites). Click a category to see a page with all posts on that topic. See also the complete list of keywords at the bottom of that page.
My other genealogy sites have additional advice and names.
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